Winter Brews 08: Schloss Eggenberg Silver Bottle Beer

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Well, bah.

We’ve had a lot of highs and very few lows so far, and — despite having the funkiest bottle to date — this is far and away my least favourite beer in the Advent Calendar to date. Silver Bottle is apparently one of the top-selling Austrian beers in Austria, so I guess I’m not terribly surprised that my takeaway is that it’s basically like EuroBud, which is like Air Bud but it’s a beer instead of a dog, it doesn’t play basketball, and it sort of sucks.

Schloss Eggenberg Silver Bottle Beer

Boo.

Episode 18 – Wild Heaven Beer, Decatur GA

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And the Atlanta good times beer train keeps on a-rolling…

This week, we are at Wild Heaven Beer in Decatur–an intown suburb of Atlanta–where I got the opportunity to speak with Sarah Young, Director of Sales. Sarah was a blast to spend time with and we even got to sample their lovely beers while chatting. In fact, I’m still thinking about their Ode to Mercy “Nitrode” beer and wishing I had some for a chilly day such as this! Wild Heaven is worth a visit if you’re in Atlanta or if you’re passing through; I can guarantee there will be a beer there to tempt your tastebuds! The catch-22 of visiting faraway breweries is you remember how incredible the beers are and then also remember you can’t get them where you live. I hope you enjoy the interview with Sarah and let me know what you think over on the Harpy Hour Twitter feed!

If you’re looking for Harpy Hour episodes on the go, you can find them at iTunes or Stitcher. If you use either of those, please consider leaving a review and a rating on them? I would really appreciate it. You can also find the show on Instagram and Facebook. I am still working away at the Winter Beer Calendar (aka Craft Beer Advent Calendar) so mini-episodes will be available every Wednesday…or until I run out of those beers.

If you are living in Kingston or are in the Eastern Ontario area, it behooves me to tell you of the super fun all-ladies beer event at The Alibi, my preferred grown-up bar here in the Limestone City. It’s on January 22nd and you can find tickets here. Come out, sample some tasty beers, and say hi! See ya next week!

Winter Brews Part 7: Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries

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GAZE UPON THE MOST METAL OF BEERS

Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries

And the photo barely does it justice. This needs to be a Yakuza-style full back tattoo, stat.

Great beer, too… the Crimson Bird is definitely one of the highlights of the Advent Calendar to date. From this high, we’re sadly heading for a bit of a low, though… stay tuned for my review of the kind of disappointing Silver Bottle in a few days.

Winter Brews Part 6: Loncium Sweet Krampus

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Terrible confession time: I have been less than ardent in reading the description of all these beers on the Craft BeerAdvent site. Which means, as noted in this minisode, that I drank the Sweet Krampus a bit too chilly to really give it a fair shake. Apologies, then, to the good people at Loncium; I actually quite liked the Sweet Krampus, but hope to give it another go-round next year after letting it rise a bit closer to room temp.

Loncium Sweet Krampus

Winter Brews Part 5: Inveralmond DeMons Belgian Abbey Ale

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A Belgian ale from Scotland? Is that cheating? Well, not really. Kind of mixed feelings about this entry into the Trappist beer genre — including whether or not we can REALLY call it Trappist — but a solid Belgian on the whole. Enjoy this minisode, part of the Winter Beer series based on the Craft Beer Imports beer advent calendar.

Kilts! Haggis! Other vaguely insulting cultural stereotypes!

Episode 17 – Beer Girl Growler & Bottleshop, Hapeville GA

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Brrrr! I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Kingston, it’s quite cold and quite windy. Days like this, I can well imagine why some Canadians become snowbirds.

Today’s episode features the owner of possibly one of the coolest, if not the coolest, bottle shops I’ve ever seen. It’s called Beer Girl Growler & Bottleshop; it’s located just a wee bit south of Atlanta in Hapeville (if you’re familiar with the ATL, a good way to put it would be that it’s out near the airport). Regardless of where you are in the Atlanta metro area, or where you are anywhere, it’s well worth a visit to peruse their gorgeous ever-changing tap list as well as their prodigious bottle selection. Heck, they even have wine and sake, if that’s what you fancy. Alexia Ryan, the owner and beer connoisseur, sat down with me over a beer at the shop to talk about how Beer Girl came to be and some of the challenges one can face upon occasion.

There are a few pictures of Beer Girl on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed and I think I did a short video too. (In fact, I’ll repost it just so it’s more recent!) You can find episodes of Harpy Hour on iTunes and Stitcher; if you left a review and rating, well, frankly, you’d be a rock star. Harpy Hour is also on Twitter and Facebook. Come say hi!

There will be mini-episodes reviewing the massive European Advent Calendar released every Wednesday (and I am now re-christening it the Winter Beer Calendar), so check those out!

And hey, are you in the Eastern Ontario/Kingston area? Then come on out to the Alibi for the first all-ladies beer event on January 22nd! I’ll be there so be sure to introduce yourself! See you next week!

Winter Brews Part 4: Ticketybrew Rose Wheat

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The latest minisode from the advent/winter beer calendar from Craft! From England, home of tepid tap temperatures and football violence, comes Ticketybrew Rose Wheat, a surprising beer on lees that offers a lot of ginger as well as a pinch of rose. Not my favourite so far, but definitely an interesting deviation from the norm.

Probably my favourite brew-based pun to date, if not ever. Cheerio!

Winter Brews Part 3: Teerenpeli Laiskajaakko

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Ah, Finland! Home of… the Finnish. A proud people that I wish I knew more about. Lutefisk? Is that the one with lutefisk? I’m not sure. But I do know it’s the home of Teerenpeli Laiskajaakko, Beer #3 in my winter brew series (originally the Craft beer advent calendar).

Enjoy this minisode! I’ll be posting another in the next couple of days as the calendar takes us to Old Blighty and a surprisingly rosy entry.

Possibly the classiest label of all time. WELL DONE FINLAND. Their sporting events are probably epic.

Winter Brews 2016 Part 2: Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter

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The Winter Beer Adventure continues! The second in the belated advent calendar is Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter, over from Germany with a hoppy punch and some interesting fruity notes on the back end.

These minisodes will air periodically through February, as I gradually make my way through the advent calendar!

Winter Beer 02
Bavarian Winter — sounds like a slightly pants metal band, tastes much better.

 

Winter Brews 2016 Part 1: Birrificio del Doge APA

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Welcome to Winter Brews 2016!

Welcome to a special feature for Harpy Hour in 2016: this year, I ordered the BeerAdvent calendar from Craft. The shipping process had some bugs to work out, so I didn’t wind up getting mine here in Kingston until December 23 — a bit late for “advent” so we’re treating this kind of like a Winter Beer-A-Thon for 2016/17. Enjoy this voyage of discovery!

Beer #1 is Birrificio del Doge APA, all the way from Italy. Expect these minisodes periodically from now through February 2017!

All the way from Italy — a great start to my advent/winter beer adventure!